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Full name: Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro
DOB: November 4, 1972
Birthplace: Almada, Portugal
Nationality: Portuguese
EU passport: Yes
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Club: FC Internazionale Milano
Position: Attacking Midfielder [R, L, C]
Number: 7
Contract Expires: June 2007
Previous Clubs: Sporting Lisbon > Barcelona > (£37m) Real Madrid > Internazionale

International debut: October 1991, v Luxembourg
Caps: 111
Goals: 31
World Cups: Japan-Korea 2002
Palmares:
U-16 FIFA World Cup (89)
U-20 FIFA World Cup (91)

UEFA Cup Winners Cup (97)
European Supercup (98, 02)
UEFA Champions League (02)
Intercontinental Cup (02)

Spanish Supercup (96, 03)
Spanish Copa del Rey (97, 98 )
Spanish Liga Primera (98, 99, 01, 03)
Italian Super Cup (05)

Portuguese Footballer of the Year (94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 01, 02)
European Footballer of the Year (00)
World Soccer Player of the Year (00)
FIFA World Player of the Year (01)

Biography:

1972
Born November 4, Lisbon.
1989
Wins FIFA World Under-16 championship with Portugal.
1990
Makes debut for Sporting Lisbon.
1991
Wins FIFA World Under-20 championship with Portugal. In the same year makes full international debut against Luxembourg.
1992
November: Scores first goal for Portugal in a 2-1 victory over Bulgaria.
1995
June: Signs for Johan Cruyff's Barcelona in a controversial deal after his agent had also signed with Parma and Juventus.
September: Debut for Barcelona in 2-2 draw against Merida.
1996
June: Scores one goal at Euro 96 as Portugal reach the quarter-finals.
1997
Wins Spanish Cup, Super Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup with Barcelona.
1998
Wins Spanish league and cup double as well as European Super Cup in another highly successful season with the Catalan club.
1999
Helps Barca retain first division title, scoring seven league goals in the season.
December: Comes fifth in France Football poll for World Player of the Year, won by his Barcelona team mate Rivaldo.
2000
In his final season at Barcelona plays 32 league games and scores nine goals, bringing his total at the club to 172 games and 30 goals. Barcelona finish the season in second place.
June: Has outstanding Euro 2000 finals, scoring spectacular goal against England and helping Portugal to the semi-finals.
July: Moves to Real Madrid for then world record $56.1 million after agreeing deal with club's presidential candidate Florentino Perez.
October: Rreturns to the Camp Nou as a Real Madrid player receiving a vitriolic reception from Barcelona fans. Real lose the match 2-0.
December: Wins European Footballer of the Year award. Voted World Soccer magazine's player of the year, comes second behind France's Zinedine Zidane in World Player of the Year award.
2001
Helps Real Madrid to their first league title in four seasons, scoring nine goals and making 34 appearances. Helps Portugal qualify for World Cup finals in Japan and Korea.
December: Named as FIFA's World Player of the Year.
2002
Wins first European Cup, playing in Real's 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park. Suffers first-round exit at World Cup finals.
November: Given another hostile reception at the Nou Camp with the league game against Barcelona held up for 12 minutes after missiles, including a stuffed pig's head, rain down on the pitch when he tries to take a corner.
2003:
Has a relatively poor season at Real, but still helps them to the Spanish championship, weighing in with 10 league goals.
2004
Recovers his spark, although Real have a miserable season.
June: Makes record-breaking 110th international appearance for Portugal as he helps the hosts reach the final of Euro 2004, losing 1-0 to Greece.
August: Announces that he will take an indefinite break from international soccer.
2005
April: After being a fixture in the team throughout the season, Figo is dropped by Real coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo on the eve of match against former club Barcelona. He remains on the bench for the rest of the season.
May: Announces that he will be returning to international football as his feelings have changed after being dropped by Real. Is recalled for World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Estonia.
August: Real announce that Figo will join Serie A side Inter Milan after under going a medical at the Italian side. Signing a two-year deal with Inter.



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